Submitted by Tom Shindruk, Fleet Safety International classroom instructor
At Fleet Safety International we frequently use the acronym “SAFER” as a powerful tool in our curriculum. The SAFER system is referenced while we teach drivers in the classroom and in the vehicle to help our students make fewer errors and arrive alive at their destination. So how do we use S.A.F.E.R. in our training? Let’s spell out what we mean by this.
S – stands for SPACE. The more space we leave between our vehicle and others, the better we can avoid a crash, stop quicker and have more time to react.
A – is for ATTITUDE. Always have a good attitude, when other drivers do something that we don’t like, it does no good to get angry and upset. Having the right attitude is very beneficial to each of us and also encourages us to be courteous to others on the road. A bad attitude while driving could result in road rage, and it does not benefit anyone.
F – depicts FORESIGHT. In driving we should anticipate what other drivers might do. Be prepared for any event: a sudden lane change without signaling, stopping suddenly, or a child or animal darting out into traffic could catch us off guard. Think ahead and be ready for any adverse actions of others.
E – is for EYESIGHT. This means looking down the road as far as possible to detect where other vehicles are and what they are doing so that we can be ready to react if needed. We speak in the classroom and also in the vehicle while training drivers to look ahead 15 to 18 seconds. That is about 2 blocks in the city and about a kilometer on the highway.
R – means RESPONSIBILITY. While operating a vehicle we should always act responsibly by doing what is right and abiding by the rules of the road. We should not break any laws and act with courtesy while driving.